The Relevance of Import Competition to Merger Assessment in Australia

Competition and Consumer Law Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2002

28 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2009

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has been criticised for failing to take due account of the impact import competition has on domestic firms when assessing whether or not a proposed merger will be likely to substantially lessen competition. This paper reviews the approach taken by the Commission to import competition in its merger assessments. Consideration is given to both the policy adopted by the Commission and the statistical relevance that has, in fact, been placed on import competition in merger assessment. A conclusion is then drawn as to the appropriateness of the Commission’s current policy and practice.

Keywords: ACCC, Mergers, import competition

JEL Classification: K21

Suggested Citation

Clarke, Julie N, The Relevance of Import Competition to Merger Assessment in Australia (2002). Competition and Consumer Law Journal, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1445302

Julie N Clarke (Contact Author)

Melbourne Law School ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://law.unimelb.edu.au/about/staff/julie-clarke

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